[[quoteright:195:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mckimson2_5289.jpg]]

'''''Robert [=McKimson=]''''' (1910-1977) was an animator and director who is most known for his work at Warner Bros. on the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series. His "WesternAnimation/HillbillyHare" is generally regarded as a classic outing for BugsBunny.

[=McKimson=] was an animator at Termite Terrace from almost the beginning, and had a knack for detail. For an example of his work, see the start of "What's Cookin', Doc?" when Bugs performs all the celebrity impersonations. He also was one of the animators on the classic short "ACornyConcerto" directed by Creator/BobClampett. There's a professionalism to the animation, and the graceful movement emphasizes Bugs's likeability. He also drew the definitive Bugs Bunny model sheet in 1943 (which ironically he didn't use himself when he began directing; see below). [=McKimson=]'s versions of the classic Warners characters generally seem rounder and fatter than most of the other directors' (though it was Creator/BobClampett who introduced the infamous "Fat Elmer"), with rather small eyes[[note]]his characters have a tendency to peer out through half-closed eyelids[[/note]], at least in his earlier period.

[=McKimson=] took his first shot at directing on a WartimeCartoon in 1945, the obscure "The Return of Mr. Hook"; his main directorial debut is generally considered to be the 1946 short "Daffy Doodles", taking over FrankTashlin's unit (Tashlin had left the studio in 1945). For almost fifteen years (1950-1964), he, Creator/ChuckJones, and Creator/FrizFreleng were the main directors at Termite Terrace, and due to the post-1948 television package that many networks used during the '70s-early '90s, [=McKimson=]'s work, like the other two directors, was often seen on TV.

Despite these merits, as well as directing the third most shorts out of all the directors (141 total), [=McKimson=] isn't recognized as much as the other two "big" directors at WB. Part of this may be the fact that he never had a feature length compilation film that highlighted his work; Creator/ChuckJones had one film and Friz Freleng had three (it should be noted that two of Friz's movies featured [=McKimson=]'s cartoons, however). Part of this may also be due to his post-1955 shorts, which featured slower timing, simpler animation, and less interesting direction than his pre-1955 output. (Explanation: WB briefly closed in 1953 and temporarily laid everybody off. Unlike Jones and Freleng, [=McKimson=] basically had to restart his unit from scratch when WB reopened its cartoon unit, so that certainly put him at a disadvantage for a while, not least because his new unit was mostly made up of the animators that Jones and Freleng didn't want.) He also gave few interviews before his death, which made it difficult to get an insight into his directing methods and philosophies. (Luckily, [[http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Interviews/McKimson/McKimson.html a recently-posted vintage interview on Michael Barrier's website somewhat rectifies that]])

[=McKimson=] created FoghornLeghorn, Hippety Hopper (a recurring adversary of Sylvester whom he mistook for a giant mouse), and the Tasmanian Devil. In all three cases, he directed every outing for those characters, just as Creator/ChuckJones directed every Pepe le Pew cartoon. [=McKimson=] also technically created Speedy Gonzales, though it was Friz Freleng's version which everyone knows and remembers today. Even as late as 1968, [=McKimson=] was creating new characters in the hope that they would catch on and become series. His Bunny and Claude (a parody of ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'') and Rapid Rabbit are examples of this. He also directed two RoadRunner cartoons (Rushing Roulette and Sugar and Spies, among 14 ''not'' directed by Jones).

After WB closed its animation department for the final time, [=McKimson=] went back to work for Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises, where he directed many PinkPanther shorts.

[=McKimson=] died of a heart attack in 1977 while having lunch with Friz Freleng and David H. [=DePatie=]. Only a few days earlier, his doctor told him he was healthy and could expect to live a long time. [[TemptingFate He bragged to Freleng that he would outlive him.]]

[[DownerEnding Unfortunately, he never lived long enough to see animation respected as an art form]], which debatably occurred starting in TheEighties and brought fame to Freleng, Jones and Creator/TexAvery ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and eventually Clampett, too]]).

-------
[[folder:Filmography]]

!1945

* The Return of Mr. Hook: An obscure WartimeCartoon, which was his directorial debut.

!1946

* Daffy Doodles: His debut for a mainstream audience.
* Hollywood Canine Canteen
* The Mouse-Merized Cat
* Walky Talky Hawky
* Acrobatty Bunny

!1947

* Hobo Bobo
* Easter Yeggs
* A Horsefly Fleas
* The Birth of a Notion
* Crowing Pains
* One Meat Brawl

!1948

* The Up-Standing Sitter
* Daffy Duck Slept Here
* Hot Cross Bunny
* The Shell Shocked Egg
* Hop, Look and Listen
* The Foghorn Leghorn
* Gorilla My Dreams

!1949

* Henhouse Henery
* Hippety Hopper
* The Windblown Hare
* A Ham in a Role
* Paying the Piper
* The Grey Hounded Hare
* Rebel Rabbit
* Swallow the Leader
* Daffy Duck Hunt

!1950

* What's Up, Doc?
* Strife with Father
* A Fractured Leghorn
* Hillbilly Hare
* Hurdy Gurdy Hare
* Boobs in the Woods
* Bushy Hare
* Dog Collared
* It's Hummer Time
* Pop 'im Pop
* The Leghorn Blows at Midnight
* An Egg Scramble

!1951

* Sleepy Time Possum
* Corn Plastered
* Big Top Bunny
* A Fox in a Fix
* The Prize Pest
* Leghorn Swoggled
* Hare We Go
* French Rarebit
* Lovelorn Leghorn
* Early to Bet

!1952

* Thumb Fun
* The Super Snooper
* Fool Coverage
* Who's Kitten Who?
* The Turn-Tale Wolf
* Kiddin' the Kitten
* The Egg-Cited Rooster
* Oily Hare
* Sock a Doodle Do
* Rabbit's Kin

!1953

* Cats A-Weigh
* Easy Peckin's
* Upswept Hare
* Cat-Tails for Two
* Muscle Tussle
* Plop Goes the Weasel
* There Auto be a Law
* Of Rice and Hen
* A Peck O' Trouble

!1954

* The Oily American
* No Parking Hare
* Wild Wife
* Quack Shot
* Little Boy Boo
* Design for Leaving
* Bell Hoppy
* Gone Batty
* Devil May Hare

!1955

* The Hole Idea
* Lighthouse Mouse
* Feather Duster
* All Fowled Up
* Dime to Retire

!1956

* Too Hop to Handle
* Stupor Duck
* The Unexpected Pest
* Wideo Wabbit
* Weasel Stop
* Slap-Hoppy Mouse
* The High and the Flighty
* Half Fare Hare
* The Honey-Mousers
* Raw! Raw! Rooster
* Mixed Master

!1957

* Mouse-Taken Identity
* Fox-Terror
* Tabasco Road
* Rabbit Romeo
* Boston Quackie
* Bedevilled Rabbit
* Ducking the Devil
* Cheese It, the Cat

!1958

* Pre-Hysterical Hare
* Now Hare This
* Weasel While You Work
* Tortilla Flaps
* Don't Axe Me
* Dog Tales
* Gopher Broke
* Feather Bluster

!1959

* Mouse-Placed Kitten
* China Jones
* The Mouse That Jack Built
* A Mutt In a Rut
* Backwoods Bunny
* The Cat's Paw
* Bonanza Bunny
* A Broken Leghorn
* People Are Bunny

!1960

* Wild Wild World
* Mice Follies
* West of the Pesos
* The Dixie Fryer
* Doggone People
* Crockett-Doodle-Do

!1961

* Birds of a Feather
* Strangled Eggs
* Cannery Woe
* What's My Lion?
* Hoppy Daze
* Daffy's Inn Trouble

!1962

* Mother Was A Rooster
* Wet Hare
* The Slick Chick
* Bill of Hare
* Fish and Slips
* Good Noose

!1963

* The Million Hare
* Claws in the Lease
* Fast Buck Duck: Co-directed with Ted Bonnicksen, one of his animators
* Banty Raids
* Aqua Duck

!1964

* Freudy Cat
* Bartholomew Versus The Wheel
* A Message to Gracias
* Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare
* False Hare

!1965

* Moby Duck
* Go Go Amigo
* Chili Con Corny
* Suppressed Duck
* Tease For Two
* Rushing Roulette
* Well Worn Daffy

!1966

* Swing Ding Amigo
* Sugar and Spies
* Feather Finger
* A Taste of Catnip
* Daffy Rents
* Astroduck
* Snow Excuse
* Mexican Mousepiece

!1967

* Daffy's Diner

!1968

* Bunny and Claude

!1969

* Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too
* Shamrock and Roll
* Fistic Mystic
* Bugged by a Bee
* The Great Carrot Train Robbery
* Injun Trouble: The last cartoon ever released by the original Warner Bros. cartoon studio.

[[/folder]]

-----------------------
!!Robert [=McKimson=]'s cartoons provide examples of:
* ArtEvolution: Besides what was mentioned in the intro paragraphs, his first few shorts still had the visual "feel" of a Frank Tashlin cartoon, no doubt due to inheriting Tashlin's unit after he left the studio.
* AsideGlance
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In "Cat's Paw", Sylvester is talking to his son about which birds to catch:
--> '''Sylvester''': It seems like the smaller and more helpless looking they are, the tougher and scrapper they turn out to be. I just hope we can find a small one around here. (to audience) An anemic sparrow would suit me just fine.
* CassandraTruth: The repeated premise of the Hippety Hopper cartoons. Nobody believes Sylvester when he tries to tell them that he saw a giant mouse (although unbeknownst to him, Hippety was a kangaroo).
* CompositeCharacter: [=McKimson=] was noted for evolving to the revised personalities of recurring characters at a much slower pace than Jones and Freleng, resulting in something of a blend of both the initial and modern depictions. This is particularly noticable with DaffyDuck, who gained some of the pompousness and wit akin to Jones' version but still maintained shades of his original hyperactive trickster role into the late fifties.
* DerangedAnimation: In his 1946-1949 cartoons especially. Things toned down a bit starting in the '50s, but thanks to Rod Scribner (a former Clampett animator) returning to the studio, there were still flashes of this.
* DisproportionateRetribution: "Early To Bet" involves a cat going through Rube Goldberg-style punishments just for losing to a dog at a sadistic game of cards.
* ExecutiveMeddling: [=McKimson=] was ordered by producer Eddie Selzer not to make any more Tasmanian Devil cartoons after the first one. However, thanks to fan feedback and orders from Jack Warner, [=McKimson=] was allowed to make more Taz cartoons.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Hinted at in "The Hole Idea", when the devil actually throws Calvin Q. Calculus's wife ''out'' because she's so unpleasant.
* MickeyMousing: As with all Looney Tunes composed by Carl Stalling or Milt Franklyn.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: "Rabbit Stew and Rabbits, Too!" Also "Swallow the Leader" is mostly dialog-free, aside from the opening narration and a couple lines from the cat.
* OddCouple: Daffy and Porky in the shorts he directed.
* ParodyEpisode: [=McKimson=] was fond of these, especially in the late '50s.
** "The Honey-Mousers", "Cheese It! The Cat", and "Mice Follies", three cartoons parodying TheHoneymooners.
** "The Mouse That Jack Built", a parody of TheJackBennyProgram, except the characters are mice.
** "Boston Quackie", a parody of "Boston Blackie" starring Daffy Duck in the titular role.
** "China Jones", a parody of "China Smith". Once again, Daffy stars.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Bartholomew Versus The Wheel".
* TheUnfavorite: [=McKimson=] generally got the lesser animation staff in most of his later cartoons, with any exceptional talent usually going to Freleng's and Jones' units instead. Eddie Selzer claimed to him this was because, being an advanced animator, he thought he could manage them better, though [=McKimson=] admitted to feeling like a third wheel.

----